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Two Views of Hootie & the Blowfish Revealed in New Books

The pop band, Hootie & the Blowfish is the subject matter of two new books, one a biography (Only Wanna Be with You: The Inside Story of Hootie & the Blowfish), the other an autobiography (Swimming with the Blowfish: Hootie, Healing, and One Hell of a Ride) to be released later this year.

It is said that guitar-playing Mark Bryan heard vocalist Darius Rucker singing in a dorm shower at the University of South Carolina in 1985. Bryan quickly asked Rucker if he would like to start a band. Just starting out, the two freshman began playing cover tunes and went by the name of the Wolf Brothers.


Books

Encanto: A Tale of Three Sisters

Anika Fajardo
Everyone in the Madrigal family is magical, that is, except for Maribel. The youngest of three sisters, Maribel lives in the shadow of Isabel, the golden child, who has flowers grow in her footsteps wherever she walks. She also lives beneath the power of Luisa, the strong one, who can lift mountains, literally, to help people around the town. Her sisters live happy and contented lives in the roles that their magical abilities have created for them, while Maribel is just trying to fit in. Or, do they?

Gilligan’s Dreams

Dreama Denver
Dreama Denver was married to late TV icon Bob Denver for three decades, remembered fondly to generations of fans as Gilligan, the hapless first mate who was shipwrecked on that tropical desert isle and his fellow castaways on Gilligan’s Island.

“This is the journey of two imperfect people who fit perfectly together,” says Dreama. “Losing Bob was the most difficult thing I’ve ever faced, but his love left me stronger, more focused, and in the end, able to survive even when I thought I couldn’t. Being loved by this man was the greatest gift of my life!”


A View from the Middle

Larkin Campbell
What do Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, Steve Carell and lots more showbiz A-listers have in common? They’ve worked with journeyman actor Larkin Campbell, even if they never caught his name!  Larkin has shared screen time with, or has been directed by, those Hollywood heavyweights and many more. When Larkin’s not auditioning for roles and writing scripts, he’s in the PTA and coaching the little league team. So, why haven’t we heard of Larkin?

Mental Floss: The Curious Reader

rin McCarthy
The Curious Reader will delight bookworms everywhere. This literary compendium from Mental Floss reveals fascinating facts about the world’s most famous authors and their literary works. Readers will learn about George Orwell’s near-death experience during the writing of 1984; meet the real man who may have inspired Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy; discover which famous author kept her husband’s heart after he passed away; and learn about the influence of psychedelics on DuneThe Curious Reader also contains the most-loved book-related articles from 20 years of Mental Floss, including “Cat-Loving Writers,” “Famous Authors’ Unfinished Manuscripts,” “Literary Characters Based on Real People,” and “Books You Didn’t Know Were Self-Published.”

Mental Floss: The Curious Viewer: Ultimate TV trivia & Quiz Book

Jennifer M. Wood
Learn the stories behind these obscure TV tidbits and much more! With fun trivia, challenging quizzes, and log pages for your own lists, Mental Floss: The Curious Viewer Ultimate Quiz and Trivia Book will become as indispensable for your next binge-watch as your remote control. The book is full of dozens of challenging quizzes like “Two Degrees Of” your favorite celebrities, and “Match the Quote to the Simpsons Character” and others.

Get the inside scoop, fascinating facts, and mind-boggling trivia on the greatest shows from the past 20 years, from serious dramas such as Law and Order to seriously funny comedies like Ted Lasso.

The Best of Archie: 80 Years, 80 Stories

This book is a special expanded, commemorative volume of Archie’s all-time best-selling The Best of Archie Comics graphic novel series celebrating the 80th anniversary of Archie Comic Publications. Archie and the Riverdale Gang come alive with this full-color collection of high school hijinks! Contains over 700 pages of classic, much-loved comic book stories – one from each of the 80 illustrious years of Archie Comics publishing. And each of the comics picked has been personally chosen by creators, fans and contributors alike. Featuring special behind-the-scenes anecdotes that shed light on decades of mirth, this is a must-have for all comic book fans everywhere!


Music

Encanto Soundtrack

Walt Disney Records
Beautiful soundtrack to the beautiful animated movie, Encanto, this album features every song and background music in the film including instrumental versions of popular songs like “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, “Waiting on a Miracle” and “Dos Oruguitas.” Most of the original songs were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Germaine Franco and Sebastián Yatra.

West Side Story Soundtrack

Hollywood Records
The amazing soundtrack to Steven Spielberg’s version of West Side Story with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and performances from the cast including Ansel Engort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, Mike Faist and more.

Tick, Tick…Boom! Soundtrack

Masterworks
Lin-Manuel Miranda strikes again with his feature directorial debut. Tick, tick…BOOM!, is an adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, who created the musical, Rent. This soundtrack features music by Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Mj Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, Judith Light and Vanessa Hudgens. The film is written by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson.

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